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Sunday February 23, 2003Softball Streak Ends with 2-0 Loss

Gainesville, FL

The Florida softball team (15-5) ended an eight-game winning streak with a loss to Illinois (7-2) in the championship game of the Cox Communications Classic Sunday at the Florida Softball Stadium. The Gators’ 2-0 loss was only the second loss in their series of three consecutive home tournaments.

Illinois scored a run in both the top of the fourth and top of the fifth inning. Rachelle Coriddi hit a single into right field with one out in the fourth. She stole both second and third, then scored on the Jenna Hall base hit through the left side.

Katie O’Connell led off the Illini half of the fifth with a double right on the left field line. She advanced to third on an error and tried to take home, but was thrown out by Florida secondbaseman Mylin Prieto. Erin Montgomery followed with a double into left field. Florida junior Amanda Moore came in to relieve starter Jenny Gladding. Montgomery advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Lindsey Hamma RBI single.

Florida only tallied two hits in the game. Jackie Marchetta had a base hit in the first and Gladding had a double in the third inning.

Gladding’s record moves to 5-3 on the season. Amanda Fortune earned the win for Illinois. Her record is now 4-0.

Four Gators were named tot he Cox Communications all-tournament team. Those players were Lindsey Cameron, Gladding, Mandy Schuerman and Marchetta.

The Gators will not play another home game until they face Ole Miss in their Southeastern Conference home opener on March 29. Florida will travel to Austin, Texas next weekend to face No. 6 Texas, No. 15 Michigan and North Carolina in the Texas Invitational. See Gatorzone.com for up-to-date dates and times of the games.

Cox Communications Classic All Tournament Team

Lindsey Cameron, Florida

Jenny Gladding, Florida

Jackie Marchetta, Florida

Mandy Schuerman, Florida

Tara Knudsen, Georgia Tech

Jessica Sallinger, Georgia Tech

Sarah Baumgartner, Illinois

Rachelle Coriddi, Illinois

Janna Sartini, Illinois

Ericka Burns, Oakland

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